Most dogs love to go for a ride in the car, but a loose dog in a car can become a major distraction for the driver. The split second a driver takes their attention away from the road to focus on their pooch could lead to an accident. A proper safety belt can be the defining factor between the life and death of a pet.
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These days, vehicles come with no shortage of safety features. Cars like the 2017 Honda Accord sedan come with potentially life-saving additions like Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning equipment. In fact, many of the cars topping the NHTSA and IIHS safety lists include these protections.
Even micro cars are making the safe-driving lists this year. The 2017 hardtop two-door Mini Cooper, when enhanced with some of its optional features, received the IIHS top safety pick. The 2017 Toyota Yaris has all kinds of add-ons, too, including Electronic Stability Control, Crash Imminent Braking, and Dynamic Brake Support.
These ranking systems act as checks and balances for human safety -- and cars cannot even be on the road if they don’t have some basic safety features, such as seatbelts. For humans, there are also laws that require we actually wear our seatbelts. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for dogs.
Most dogs love to go for a ride in the car (according to PetRelocation.com, 58% of people travel with their pets), but a loose dog in a car can become a major distraction for the driver. The split second a driver takes their attention away from the road to focus on their dog could lead to an accident. In this situation, a dog can become a projectile object resulting in injury or death. A proper safety belt can be the defining factor between the life and death of a pet.
Anderson Moorer, a former paramedic (EMT-P), pet owner, and dog rescue volunteer laments that “I will tell you from experience that dogs are injured terribly in car accidents. They do not typically receive care in the field, and when their injuries are serious, they are not infrequently put down or left to die while the humans are cared for. Sometimes, the injuries sustained by seat-belt-wearing humans are minor while their dog, ejected from being unrestrained, is critically injured. Those lucky owners get to watch their friend's dying moments.”
Mighty Paw seeks to prevent those terrible accidents from ever happening at all. The Mighty Paw Safety Belt attaches directly to the vehicle frame using the latch bars located in the crease of every vehicle’s backseat. The federal government requires these latch bars in all vehicles concluding that they “increase child restraint effectiveness and child safety.”
Mighty Paw’s Safety Belt has several major benefits to ease the worries of pet parents everywhere.
Dogs are prevented from being ejected in an accident. Even "low speed" accidents can result in a dog being propelled at 20 mph or more through a windshield. A Safety Belt absorbs deceleration forces much as a human seatbelt does, reducing injury.
Restrained dogs cannot collide with humans in the force of an accident, which can cause injury to both humans and dogs.
Restrained dogs are unable to dash out when a door is opened, preventing a lost dog. And this restraint removes any chance of the dog interfering with driving, tangling with police, or bolting in the event of an accident.
While other pet seat belt systems can accidentally be released if the dog steps on the buckle button, this cannot happen with the Mighty Paw Safety Belt as they use a secure hook attaching directly to the vehicle’s latch bar. It is also made with high-quality weather-proof nylon and all-metal hardware with an adjustable tri-glide attachment which extends from 16 inches to 26 inches, allowing for more or less freedom based on the size of the dog.
A clever tangle-free attachment allows a dog to rotate and move around without ever tangling. A dog owner can choose to leave the Safety Belt attached to the vehicles’ latch bar at all times to eliminate the time and energy spent hooking and unhooking a pet seat belt. Mighty Paw’s Safety Belt is available on Amazon.
If your outing with your pet amounts to more than a quick jaunt to the park, check out these other tips from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA):
-Take more than enough pet food with you. Continue to feed the food your pet is used to, as vomiting and diarrhea can occur as the result of an abrupt diet change.
-Consider how your pet does in the car for short, around-town trips. If you are concerned that your pet will get stressed in the car and show signs of anxiety, make an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss your concerns.
-Research the phone number and location of emergency veterinary clinics along the way and also at your destination.
-Obtain a copy of your pet’s medical records/medication history from the past year. Keep these records in an easily accessible place in the event that your pet needs medical care while out of town. These records should include vaccination records, especially for the rabies vaccine.
-Ask your veterinarian and check with your destination (if out of the state) or airline to find out if your pet needs a health certificate, which is a document written by a veterinarian attesting to the health of an animal or group of animals. A health certificate may be required if you are leaving your home state, and it is always required if you are leaving the country with your pet.
Make sure your pet is properly identified with ID tags and a microchip and that the contact information is current. Microchips ensure that a means of identification always remain with your pet if your pet gets lost. The majority of veterinary clinics and shelters have chip scanners, and this is the first thing done when someone brings in a stray pet.